20 February 2020

2020 Signature advice

HPV is encouraging all our stakeholders to use the full notation of ‘2020’ when signing and dating documents to avoid confusion and eliminate the risk of the date being altered or backdated.


It’s common for people signing documents to use the last two digits only (e.g. by showing 20 December 2019 as 20/12/19), but in a year when the first and last two groups of digits are the same (i.e. 2020), they could easily be altered or misinterpreted.

HPV uses the following format – 20/12/2020 – to ensure there can be no misunderstanding.